David L. Shields, Jamaica’s Deputy Director of Tourism, Marketing (second from left) and Ainsley Henriques, Director of the United Congregation of Israelites, Kingston (left) indulge in conversation with Jane S. Gerber, Professor of Jewish History at The Graduate Center, CUNY and author of “The Jews of Spain” (second from right) and Miriam Bodian, Professor at the University of Texas and author of “Hebrews of the Portuguese Nation.”The group gathered at the opening of the inaugural Jewish Diaspora of the Caribbean Conference where Gerber collaborated with Henriques to co-chair the conference. Bodian served as a member of the panel discussing “The Formation of the Spanish and Portuguese Jewish Diaspora.” The Jewish Diaspora of the Caribbean Conference is being hosted at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston from January 12-14, 2010. It will feature experts from the United States, Jamaica, France and Israel who will address topics exploring Caribbean Jewish identity and heritage.
 Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island and Beaches Turks & Caicos Resort Villages & Spa have been named recipients of the inaugural Travelocity Excellence Awards, further signifying the success of the Luxury Included® vacation experience. The annual awards, presented by Travelocity and its brand icon, The Roaming Gnome, represent a wide array of top-tier supplier partners across North America, Mexico and the Caribbean. An elite group of 500 hotels was recognized by Travelocity from the more than 70,000 properties offered on the site. “The Travelocity Excellence Award is a testament to Sandals Resorts’ and Beaches Resorts’ ongoing commitment to providing only the best experiences for our mutual customers,” said Carl Sparks, President and CEO, Travelocity. “We’re pleased to name Sandals Royal Bahamian and Beaches Turks & Caicos as 2011 winners and look forward to working with their team for many years to come.”
Jamaica Tourist Board’s Northeast Business Development Manager, Victoria Rogers (pictured second from left) was on hand at the Jamaica Tourist Board booth to welcome Washington, DC Mayor Adrian Fenty and his wife Michelle Fenty (pictured far right), at Fight For Children’s School Night gala in Washington, DC.
The Jamaica Tourist Board’s Mid-Atlantic Business Development Manager Victoria Harper (right) assists a Washington, D.C. area resident as he gets into one of the city’s many taxicabs currently displaying a Jamaica topper. The destination is promoting its Winter Rescue offerings, including specially priced travel packages, throughout the month of January. It’ll soon be even easier for D.C. residents to enjoy a Winter Rescue in Jamaica when AirTran Airways launches nonstop service between Baltimore and Montego Bay on February 11. Currently the island’s national carrier Air Jamaica offers nonstop flights between Baltimore and Jamaica.
St. Lucia’s top all-inclusive resort and recent recipient of the Travelocity Excellence Award, announces the introduction of new property upgrades just in time for summer. Guests will enjoy the tastes of two new restaurants and can bask in the newfound tranquility at Kai Mer Spa with the addition of new organic spa treatments and facility upgrades.